GOD HAS NO GENERALS, MEN DO
There are men, so-called God’s generals, who would never let the opportunity pass by without boasting about the tremendous power they possess to make spectacular things happen. I’m referring to mere men who arrogate to themselves the sovereignty that belongs to the Almighty God alone.
Conceitedly, they vaunt in highfalutin hyperboles of innumerable mighty feats wrought through them in ages past. Consumed by narcissism, such men brag about powers to create anything they wish out of nothing. They huff and puff about faith that produces power to create a future they desire.
Bloated with pride and ballooned with hot air, they tell tall tales of brand-new pairs of eyes growing in empty eye sockets, lost limbs regenerated to full size and function, and dead bodies restored back to life. All these, in their own telling, were accomplished by the mighty power bubbling inside of them.
Highly proficient in spinning yawns, these men regale enchanted audiences with concocted fables of their wonder working faith in action. Such fabulists often give captivating testimonies of multiple instances where they drove hundreds of miles in vehicles with empty tanks running on nothing but fumes.
By the sheer strength of their vaunted faith, they’ve embarked on numerous travels on “Philip airways.” In one instance, they took off from inside a restroom at Heathrow Airport only to find themselves in another restroom at Munich International Airport. A journey of nearly two hours only took them a blink of an eye, or so they claim.
Particularly potent is their faith that, with only a few words of incantation, they are able to summon money out of celestial bank vault and do a direct deposit into the bank account of anyone they so choose. This they are able to do because the key to the storehouse in the skies is in their mighty hands.
These arrogant men who boast about their faith know nothing about God or the faith He graciously lavishes on those who merit it not. The power that these fools claim to have, to the extent they have any power at all, isn’t power that derives from God.
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1)
The faith that comes from God does not puff up men’s hearts but humbles them. The power that flows from God causes the undeserving recipient to bow before the Omnipotent All Powerful One. There aren’t powerful generals in God’s army, only rookies and privates.
As John MacArthur rightly said, “Faith is not a power which you possess to create your own future. Faith is a God-given ability to trust the future that God has promised you.” Nobody earns faith or deserves it. There’s nothing anyone can do to acquire the power of God. It’s God that gives, and He gives to whomever He wills.
Of these conjurers of illusion Jeremiah did speak, “the prophets are nothing but windbags.” (Jeremiah 5:13). Paul, in 2 Timothy 3:4, described them as “treacherous, ruthless, bloated windbags, addicted to lust, and allergic to God.”
Like their master, the prince of darkness, they’ll be brought down to Sheol, to the lowest depths of the Pit, because they raise themselves above the throne of God. For daring to ascend to the Heavens above the stars of God, they’ll be cut down to the ground where they belong.
Sooner or later, those who equate themselves to God will burn in the fury of His wrath. Whomsoever will make himself like the Most High, and who boasts of sitting on the Mount of the Assembly in the far reaches of the north above the tops of the clouds, will end up in the bottomless pit.
For all those bewitched by these gods of men, it’s high time you “shine” your eyes. If you are one of the millions of souls held captive under the spellbinding prowess of these spellbinders, you need to break the yoke and free yourself.